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Updated 2010
Summary Report for:
27-4011.00 - Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens,
projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related
electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences.
May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.
Sample of reported job titles: Audio Visual Technician, Production Assistant, Master Control Operator (MCO),
Broadcast Engineer, Operations Technician, Audio Technician, Stagehand, Videographer, Audio Visual Specialist,
Audio/Visual Manager
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Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials |
Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs,
motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from
network to local programming.
Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds, or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.
Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
Design layouts of audio and video equipment, and perform upgrades and maintenance.
Conduct training sessions on selection, use, and design of audiovisual materials and on operation of
presentation equipment.
Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality, and notify directors of any
possible problems.
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Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
Audio mixing consoles Microphone mixers; Sound boards
Cassette players or recorders Cassette players; Videotape duplicating equipment
Loudspeakers Integrated speaker systems; Loudspeaker sets; Portable speaker systems
Media control systems Audiovisual A/V mixers; Master control switchers
Microphones Wired microphones; Wireless microphones
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Technology used in this occupation:
Electronic mail software Microsoft Outlook
Graphics or photo imaging software Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
Video creation and editing software Apple Final Cut Pro; Apple iMovie; Corel Ulead DVD Workshop
Web page creation and editing software Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver; Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
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Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and
computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques
and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of
telecommunications systems.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and
spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal
services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of
customer satisfaction.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology.
This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various
goods and services.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and
instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions,
conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make
improvements or take corrective action.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points
being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and
evaluate options and implement solutions.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the
most appropriate one.
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Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a
specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken
words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve
solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
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Work Activities
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to
program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing
differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best
solution and solve problems.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate
machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events,
or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers,
and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the
cause of errors or other problems or defects.
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Work Context
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally
controlled conditions?
Electronic Mail How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
Face-to-Face Discussions How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams
in this job?
Contact With Others How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by
telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
Spend Time Sitting How much does this job require sitting?
Telephone How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
Freedom to Make Decisions How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing
this job?
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls How much does
this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of
other workers?
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Job Zone
Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job
experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For
example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or
several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order
to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both
on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized
apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to
coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food
service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational
therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)
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Percentage of
Respondents Education Level Required
Associate's degree
High school diploma or equivalent
Bachelor's degree
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Interest code: RIC
Realistic Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of
the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount
of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Conventional Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These
occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of
authority to follow.
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Work Styles
Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress
Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding
aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in
the workplace.
Independence Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no
supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical.
Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative
Achievement/Effort Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and
exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and
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Work Values
Independence Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make
decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
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Support Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work
with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and
Social Service.
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Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages (2013) $19.83 hourly, $41,250 annual
State wages
Employment (2012) 68,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-
State trends
Top industries (2012) Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated
change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and
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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information
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Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links
to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
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